St George’s Walk

Why Croydon needs a visitor centre, and how it could pay for itself

Posted on September 10th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

A luxury service our town can’t afford? Not at all, says Charles Barber

If you happened to venture down the covered section of St George’s Walk on Saturday 25th August, you may have noticed a man sitting at a table with another chair opposite him. A sign on his table claimed that it was the Croydon Visitor Centre, and if you were rash enough … Read More »

Croydonites Festival 2018 review: Richard DeDomenici’s American Assassin Redux

Posted on May 24th, by Paul Dennis in Culture. No Comments

A fast’n’dirty visit to key Croydon film locations, plus a chance to recreate the action

Croydon has a great history of providing film locations, and I’m sure that there have been tours pointing them out in the past. However, performance artist Richard DeDomenici brought rather more to the party than a simple urban hike.

The evening was part of the Croydonites Festival of New Theatre, which … Read More »

Review: Croydon’s first official street-art walking tour

Posted on May 11th, by Steve Thompson in Culture. 2 comments

Taking to the pavement to admire the borough’s quirky collection of murals, installations and paintings

I have, for a long time, marvelled at the beautiful piece of street art on the corner of Park Street and St George’s Walk – a stunning depiction of his wife by the Ghanaian-British painter Dreph, painted on Valentine’s Day.

This work is just one of many that brightens up parts … Read More »

Potholes and pointless art

Posted on April 20th, by Michael Swadling in Politics & Society. 20 comments

What has Croydon’s Labour council actually achieved?

On Thursday 3rd May, we have local elections in Croydon. No matter what the outcome of these elections, due in part to ward changes, the council will look quite different. So what has four years of the current Labour administration brought us?

Central Croydon has become an in-vogue place. Boxpark, Croydon Pride and Croydon Cycle Fest are among the … Read More »

MyPTCycle: the new centre of power for Croydon’s movers, shakers and spinners

Posted on April 13th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. No Comments

Get fit and meet people: spin classes are the new Croydon cool

Deep in the recesses of St George’s Walk, a little bit up from the cool stylings of RISEgallery and a little bit down from benches where the skaters hang out is MyPTCyle: an indoor spin-class studio.

A spin class is a high-intensity cycling workout that takes place on a stationary bike. … Read More »

The Croydon Forum: a catalyst for positive change

Posted on January 25th, by Charles Barber in Politics & Society. 4 comments

The first meeting of the Croydon Forum for Change is branded a success

Get a group of people together who care about the future of Croydon, who have different experiences and expertise, and let them chat freely about how such a new group might help improve our diverse and fascinating borough. This was more or less the remit for the first meeting of The Croydon Forum for … Read More »

My Croydon – southern powerhouse

Posted on January 24th, by Barnaby Powell in Politics & Society. 4 comments

Make our borough great again – by making it fit for purpose

When I arrived as an incomer to Croydon twenty-five years ago, the place struck me as eminently fit for human habitation. It offered excellent mobility – both social and physical. You could be in London in the time it took to read a morning paper, or be out in the open countryside even sooner. From … Read More »

Event review: X-mas In The Cronx exhibition at RISEgallery

Posted on December 15th, by Jack Rodford in Culture. No Comments

Croydon’s alternative X-mas show lights up St George’s Walk

‘Already fed up with seeing endless displays of Christmas cards and decorations in every shop you enter?’ reads RISEgallery’s website. If so, it promised, this is the exhibition for you, offering the chance for visitors to ‘revel in their own self needs’ and ‘fill the space in your chaotic life’. ‘No-one’, it promised, ‘could deserve it more’.

The … Read More »

Wesley Baker brings music and street art together

Posted on August 10th, by Zach Baker in Culture. No Comments

One Croydonian has high hopes for the borough’s future

The founder of CDN, Wesley Baker, is a photographer and event organiser based in Croydon. Wesley is one of many community members actively working on the downtown area’s regeneration and specifically the street art movement.

After leaving Coventry University, Wes returned to Croydon and began immersing himself in the tech and art communities. He was frustrated with … Read More »

Croydon’s street art community prospers

Posted on July 21st, by Zach Baker in Culture. 1 Comment

Only four years ago Central Croydon was visually a very different place

The streets lacked creative inspiration. It would take a few dedicated artists to start a movement that would change the community and its landscape.

In 2014 artists began flocking to Croydon’s blank canvas and using its troubled past to paint a better future. Since then Croydon has since been given a major splash of colour by … Read More »